6 members of terror cell still at large

The infamous image of last weeks Paris terrorists near their getaway car.

Up to 10,000 troops are to be deployed to protect sensitive sites.

As many as six members of a terrorist cell involved in the Paris attacks may still be at large, including a man who was seen driving a car registered to the widow of one of the gunmen, police say.

Two French police officials yesterday said authorities were searching the Paris area for the Mini Cooper registered to Hayat Boumeddiene, the widow of Amedy Coulibaly. Turkish officials say she is now in Syria.

France plans to deploy 10,000 troops to protect sensitive sites — including Jewish schools and neighbourhoods — in the wake of the attacks that killed 17 people last week.

Brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi, as well as Coulibaly, their friend who claimed ties to Islamic extremists in the Middle East, died on Friday in clashes with police.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls said the manhunt is urgent because “the threat is still present” after the attacks that began on Wednesday with 12 people killed at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo by gunmen the police identified as the Kouachi brothers.

Authorities said Coulibaly killed a policewoman on Thursday and then killed four people at a kosher supermarket on Friday before all three attackers were killed in two nearly simultaneous clashes with security forces around Paris.

The Marais district in Paris — one of the country’s oldest Jewish districts — was filled with police and soldiers by midday yesterday. About 4,700 of the security forces would be assigned to protect France’s 717 Jewish schools, Bernard Cazeneuve, the interior minister, said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the supermarket where four of the hostages were killed. Volunteers, meanwhile, recited prayers over the bodies of some hostage victims as they were prepared for burial by the Jewish Burial Society in Paris.

Jean-Yves Le Drian, the defence minister, said the nationwide deployment of troops would be completed today and focus on the most sensitive locations.

“The work on these attacks, on these terrorist and barbaric acts continues... because we consider that there are most probably some possible accomplices,” Mr Valls told BFM television.

French police have said the Charlie Hebdo attacks were carried out by three people, but only two of those attackers — Cherif and Said Kouachi — have been identified by authorities.

Video emerged on Sunday of Coulibaly explaining how the attacks in Paris would unfold. French police want to find the person or persons who shot and posted the video, which was edited after Friday’s attacks.

Boumeddiene was seen travelling through Turkey with a male companion before reportedly arriving in Syria with him on Januray 8 — the day after the Charlie Hebdo attack and the same day Coulibaly began his murderous spree by killing the policewoman.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said she had stayed at a hotel in Istanbul with another person before crossing into Syria on Thursday. She and her travelling companion, a 23-year-old man, toured Istanbul before leaving on January 4 for a town near the Turkish border.

Her last phone signal was on January 8 from the border town of Akcakale, where she apparently crossed into Islamic State-controlled territory in Syria, the official said. Their January 9 return plane tickets to Madrid went unused.


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